Rossland Courthouse & Church 1910 - Rossland, BC
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N 49° 04.606 W 117° 47.773
11U E 441852 N 5436294
Quick Description: This photo of Rossland's most photographed building also includes the new (in 1910) English (St. George's Anglican) Church in the background, when nearly completed. The church was dedicated as the Father Pat Memorial Church after the good Father.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 1/29/2015 9:48:58 PM
Waymark Code: WMNA7F
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
The view is from below the courthouse on Columbia Avenue, looking northeast past the courthouse to the Anglican Church above, from the corner of Monte Cristo Street and Columbia Avenue. The church was used from January 20, 1910 until it was nearly destroyed by fire on January 16, 1969. The congregation chose not to rebuild and instead decided to lease the St. Andrew’s United Church facilities and to dismantle St. George’s church building.

The courthouse building has been in continuous use as the provincial courthouse since its completion 112 years ago and is still in excellent condition. Its striking appearance and its location just outside downtown proper makes it unmistakeable among the large collection of heritage buildings in the town.

Then
Now

The Rossland Court House was designated a national historic site in 1980 because it is highly representative of a distinctive regional form of Canadian court house that emerged in British Columbia during the late 19th century.

The province’s early law makers strove to emphasize the English origins of the province’s legal system in newly-settled regions in the wake of large waves of American miners and fortune seekers. In important mining centres such as Rossland, this intent was reflected in the design of a court house which served as a visual symbol of the Crown’s authority. Wood-beamed ceilings, wood panelled walls and stained glass windows cast a solemn atmosphere over court proceedings, while court house exteriors were intended to convey a distinctly British character. Designed by Glasgow native J.J. Honeyman, Rossland’s court house epitomizes this approach to court house design through its well-preserved exterior and interior.
From the National Register

Year photo was taken: 1910

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